Rough around the edges but as precise as a Swiss clock. It’s an apt description for the Marvel character Hawkeye, and also the work of series artist David Aja.
Born and raised in Valladolid, Spain, the same town Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes called home, Aja earned a college degree in illustration as was on his way to a career in magazine illustration before he followed his childhood ambition: comics. After a prosaic debut in the Marvel anthology X-Men Unlimited, Aja grew by leaps and bounds before becoming the signature artist of the cult-hit series The Immortal Iron Fist with writers Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. After the conclusion of his run, Aja did a series of one-off stories for titles like Secret Avengers, Daredevil and Wolverine: Debt of Death while he and his wife added two children to their home already filled with animals. This year, Aja and Fraction reunited for another series, this time taking on classic Avenger (and newly minted movie star) Hawkeye in a self-titled series that focuses on the archer’s life when he’s not working as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
After last week’s stupendous one-off story in Hawkeye #6, Aja seems on top of his game. And what better time to get inside his head and find out what he thinks about comics and his place in it. In our conversation, we go over his time on The Immortal Iron Fist and Hawkeye, his views on original art, and also his idea of creative teams and what his formula is for making a great comic.
Over on his DeviantART site, Dan Panosian posts an image that’s just dripping with cool. “I just finished writing a Story Outline for a Retro Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daughters of the Dragon limited series for Marvel Comics. [ with Sabretooth and Dazzler! ],” he said in his post. “I’ll keep you posted with all the details but in the meantime, here’s some Teaser Art to whet your appetite! Enjoy!”
They’re my favorite superhero team this side of the B.P.R.D., and now they’re fully articulated too: Customizer Dylan Pommer has created custom action figures of Fat Cobra, Bride of Nine Spiders, Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter, Dog Brother #1, the Prince of Orphans, the Steel Phoenix, and Mr. Danny Rand himself, the Immortal Iron Fist. Together they are the Immortal Weapons, created (for the most part) by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and David Aja and stars of the Marvel comic of the same name. Click here for a full gallery, which is like unto a thing of awesome. Attention, nice people at Marvel Legends: Can you please make this happen?